Jeff Keynon, Commodore
Happy New Year! Let the new decade bring NSA a fabulous year of events, cruises and parties!
Welcome to 2020!! If the New Year’s Day “Instead of Football Regatta” is a harbinger of things to come, 2020 will be a great year indeed. NSA had quite a number of boats on the water for this fun event on a spectacular and perfect wind day to be on the water (even though it isn’t an official NSA event).
Carl Crothers, VC Cruising
Kevin and Mary Guilfoyle, VC Special Events
NSA 2020 Oyster Roast February 22nd 2pm
Hello everyone! - we are writing this article from beautiful St. Augustine Florida. We were sitting on the sundeck last night enjoying the beautiful white lights of St Augustine and thought of all our NSA friends that are also spending the holidays somewhere in Florida. Then we realized it’s time for us to be planning our first NSA Social Event for 2020! Each February NSA members gather together for the annual Oyster Roast. It’s a great event for members to come back together and enjoy sharing stories and making plans for the coming year. This year the NSA Oyster Roast will kick off at 2pm on Saturday February 22nd at the Oriental Marina & Inn. NSA will be roasting plenty of oysters and members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. If you have never shucked oysters before this is the place to learn. NSA has some very experienced shuckers willing to help you. Shucking knives and gloves will be available or you can bring your own. There may even be some of Kathy’s famous oyster shooters to be found. As always we are requesting help with this event. We need help setting up tables, roasting and serving oysters and working the registration or membership table. Last year was a great success and lots of fun because of all the amazing people that helped with this event . Give us a call or email if you would like to help. This is a members only event but members are allowed to bring up to two guests for $10.00 each. Guests will have an opportunity to join at the membership table and current members will be able to renew their memberships. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Enter Your Photos this Month
Its fun in January to look back at the adventures on the water by selecting your best photos to enter in the NSA Photo Contest. And we all enjoy it even more when everyone submits a few. Log in as a member to the NSA website and select the PHOTO CONTEST tab. There’s help on How do I upload photos if you need it.
The categories are:
All members are welcome, in fact encouraged, to enter the 2019 photo contest NOW through 31 Jan 2020. Select your best photos, filter them down to no more than five per category and get ready to enjoy all the submissions.
Members can vote in February and the winners will be announced at the March NSA event.
2020 WINTER SEMINAR SERIES
January 11th thru March 14th (Saturdays, 9:30AM, Oriental Town Hall)
Sponsored by SCOO, ODC, NSA
Jan 11th - Sailing and on Water Opportunities in Oriental – NCO
Jan 18th – Risk Management Onboard – John Rahm
Jan 25th – Navigation and Charting – John Rahm
Feb 1st – TBD
Feb 8th – Diesel Maintenance – Darrell Foster
Feb 15th – Sail Trim – Todd Cox
Feb 22nd – Navigating Local Waters – Coast Guard Aux ( info about the Neuse and local waters, including info about local anchorages, Marinas and boatyards)
Feb 29th – TBD
March 7th – NOAA (discussion on weather)
March 14th – First Aid Onboard – Erik Kindle
Guest articles by traveling NSA Members
Headed South For the Winter
This coastal cruising life is starting to feel normal. We have been living on our Catalina 445 for six months now. Some of this time we are on the move day-after-day, which can seem either peaceful or grueling . . . it depends on the weather. The rest of the time we are “parked” in a nice location, experiencing the town and sleeping on the anchor or mooring ball. Once in a while a dock. We are not in a hurry. Our first few months of liveaboard life felt like a long vacation that never ends. That’s a REALLY GOOD feeling! Now, it is starting to feel like a normal home. That’s a good thing, too.
Many of you know that I’m not the hearty sailor type (this is Honey speaking). I’m on this 2-10 year trip because I thought I’d get to eat out a lot. I’m still clinging to this mission :) Our cruise up north to cooler temps this summer was easy. Our cruise south to warmer temps has been slightly harder . . . for 2 main reasons: 1) The cold/rain and 2) navigating the ICW and bridges.
As our countdown to moving on board and cruising full time approached, I was psyching myself up to do longer passages and overnight sails. Mind over matter. Still I was dreading it. I hate being uncomfortable . . . sea-sick, exposed in chilly weather, and sleep deprived. So, it turns out that there are certainly pieces of that in the cruising life, but not as much as I feared. Overnight passages are easier than I imagined. A two-nighter is still a “bear”, but I’ll get better at that, too. Thankfully, Chip has picked the best weather windows for our overnights and we hopped down the east coast in comfort. But the weather; Chip can’t control that.
Sundown on an overnight passage…..we never take these for granted!
We left New Bern and zipped down to St. Augustine, FL in some overnight passages. Easy and peaceful. Then the weather changed to 6’ seas for days on end. Wind and rain. We decided to travel inside, along the ICW. We didn’t have to deal with the 6’ seas, but we had the wind and rain. Sometimes it was hard to see in front of us. Sometimes it was hard to find a decent anchorage, and all of the time it was a challenge to get under those darn 65’ fixed bridges! Sidebar . . . 2 things about SoundWave. . . we don’t have an enclosure to keep us warm and dry and our mast is 64’ high. Each bridge we went under we could hear the “tinking” of our antenna as it scraped while we sucked in our breaths. The whole trip was based on tide times at bridges. Traveling seemed to take forever.
Guess what? We decided we LOVE traveling on the outside and an overnight passage is a piece of cake! Next year, when we make this trip south, we plan to do mostly single overnights and 1 or 2 doubles so we can get down to Miami quicker. Less time in the cold and hopefully a lot less rain than 2019! When an overnight is not prudent we will just stay in the town we have anchored in and have a good time. Cruisers with shorter masts have a much easier time than us, but that's just the way it is. Strangely, this mast height issue is what has made me tougher with the overnights. That's how the universe works.
We have had our first Christmas down south, too. In early December we got the decorating fever and bought a wreath for the bowsprit and decor for the salon. Amazon brought us velvet slipcovers for our throw pillows and we added some holiday greenery and LED cork lights to the handrails above the sofas. Small ornaments were bought at craft fairs during our travels. Our “house” felt just right. Cozy.
It becomes second nature that every headland has a shoal, it is always deeper on the outside of the bend in the river, islands always grow, rarely vanish. There are two shoals inside and one shoal outside every inlet, swept back like two slashes (slanted north along ICW east coast). You know all of these things innately, so do not stare at your chartplotter or nav app, you look up instead.
At night, sail by lighted buoys or lighthouses, the better to know where you are on earth. Mark where stars, planets and moon line up on your standing rigging, it will help warn you if you drift off course. (Use stars and planets mostly, the moon moves too fast). You know that where there are headlands (a point, a cape, a peninsula), there are always shoals, and therefore rough seas, so you swing wide around the capes. The additional visual wonders will be noted more often, you will enjoy cruising at a higher level.
If you are interested in being more adept at natural navigation, try starting with How to Read Water by Tristan Gooley. Made me wiser, highly recommended.
We scored 100 on offshore PFD and jackline protocol, 100 on inshore protocol and 27/28 on dinghy pfd protocol. This is for 2 months. Honey was perfect, I forgot my vest when we rowed in to fly home for Christmas. Wife and son had theirs, dumb ole dad left his on SoundWave in the rush…
We pray that every NSA member talks about life safety a lot.
Chip and Honey